SMART Fitness Objectives

SMART Fitness Objectives Are you SMART in your objectives when preparing a training programme? Are you someone who goes to the gym and completes the same routine over and over again? Do you put yourself down because you don’t feel you are making any progress with your current workout? I’m sure this strikes a chord with many of you. I too have been guilty of this in the past. But there’s a simple answer and it’s all about being SMART! Firstly, let me give you a reason why people fall into this trap. Exercise enthusiasts often fail to realise they are repeating the same exercise routine without improving. For example, it’s very easy to go to the gym and do the same repetitive 3 sets of 10 reps of bicep curls at the same weight every Monday. Or, for the runners amongst you, to go out every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the same 30 minute run along the same route. The reason why this stops working is that your body becomes accustomed to this level of exertion. Yes, initially you did see an improvement but after a time your body becomes acclimatised to the same level of output. People forget the role psychology plays in a routine. Let’s take the working environment as an example. When you start a new job you initially have a desire to prove to your line manager and co-workers that you are able to fulfil your duties as an employee. Eventually you will become used to the routine and you will reach a plateau. This is why people often ask for more responsibility...

Introduction

Hi all you health nuts, My name is Toby and I am twenty-six going on five, as my mum likes to say, I am about to leave my job as a revenue analyst and embark on becoming a personal trainer. Why? You may be wondering why I am leaving a 9-5 job which is well paid and offers lots of benefits to go into an industry which has little or no relation to my previous occupation. The answer lies in my passion for health and fitness. Sporting Achievements As a youngster my ambition, like many kids, was to play professional football. Sadly, and not all too uncommon, I was nowhere near good enough to accomplish this dream. That’s not to say I did not come close, as an eighteen year old I managed to make an appearance for Farnborough Town F.C. in the Conference South in a 2-0 win over Fisher Athletic. Along with this I have also played at county level and been offered a football scholarship to play in America. In the end, football became too much of a chore and the obsession became too much. I fell out of love with the game. I decided to look to the future and see what else life had in store; university. After graduating Sussex university with a 2:1 in Economics and Business Management I went travelling. On my return I soon found out how difficult and competitive the job market was. Months went by without even a single acknowledgement of my CV, until I was hired on a temporary contract as a revenue analyst. Whilst working as a...